A man in France unearthed 27,400 artifacts with a metal detector


A man in France unearthed 27,400 artifacts with a metal detector

According to the Guardian on the 16th, a French treasure hunter collected more than 27,000 cultural relics in the wild by using a metal detector. From Bronze Age bracelets to the extremely rare Roman dodecahedron, these unearthed artifacts surprised the French cultural department. However, the treasure hunter tried to sell these artifacts and was arrested by the police.

According to Agence France-Presse, before the arrest of the man named Patrice, French customs, the Belgian authorities and the French Ministry of Culture conducted a one-year investigation into the case.

Afterwards, the authorities searched the man's residence and seized about 27,400 artifacts.

During the interrogation, Patrice told the authorities that he collected these items in the wild through the use of metal detectors and his own archaeological knowledge.

However, Patrice's excavation last year touched the red line. It is said that he dug up 14,154 Roman coins in the Flanders region of Belgium last year.

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Flanders was the domain of an earl in medieval Europe. Therefore, the traditional Flanders region also includes parts of northern France and southern Holland.

In France, individuals can only use metal detectors for scientific research. However, in Flanders, it is different. Ordinary people can use metal detectors to search for underground artifacts.


After the incident, French Minister of Economy Bruno Le Maire also spoke and said that the cultural relics recovered by the police from the suspect were "precious archaeological treasures."

He said in a statement: "The handling of this case has released a clear message to some people, targeting those who have robbed our common heritage for the benefit of a few people or individuals and tried to erase our entire history. "


Underground metal detectors are commonly known as treasure detectors. Metal detectors use the principle of electromagnetic induction to trigger the sound of the detector when it detects metal underground. There are a lot of friends around to explore, but I firmly oppose it because it is illegal. Can metal detectors detect antiques?

For some unprotected ruins that have been exposed by man-made disturbances over time, metal detectors can be used, but only for metal, such as bronze, silver, iron and other metal cultural relics. Generally, ancient coins are mostly used. After all, people nowadays still lose money from time to time. In the long history of thousands of years, the ancients also lost money. Bronze is not something ordinary people can touch, except for the orderly spread, the rest are basically illegal.

The depth of the detection is quite limited. What can be found are small objects that were buried after being lost on the ground in the early morning, and the depth is less than 20cm. It is difficult to detect more than 20cm, and the sensitivity adjustment is also very contradictory. If the sensitivity is too high, there will be a lot of interference, and if the sensitivity is too low, there will be omissions. I have suffered two ancient temple ruins, and the copper coins left by the people who rushed to the temple fair in the ancient times are basically a few centimeters to more than ten centimeters in depth.

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